Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Truth even stranger than conspiracy theories

At a book club meeting…
Bill: “Truth is stranger than fiction.” An axiom recalled by Nelson DeMille in another of his novels premised on a conspiracy theory, Wild Fire.
George: The one about ultra rights and oil interests dropping a nuclear bomb on an American city, blaming jihadists, so they can retaliate by nuking Islamic countries and taking over their oil?
Bill: Something like that. Conspiracy theory-based stories, I find restricting, they remind me of repetitive drum-beating. They seem to be the kind of novels that may appeal to a Trump voter. The kind believing that you, George, engineered the 9/11 attacks, or that global warming is a hoax.
George: But the premise of Wild Fire was that the president was rational and diplomatic enough but his minders were extremists.
Bill: Now Washington is upended. An unhinged, vindictive, irresponsible president spouting conspiracy theories, appointing loonie ultra rightists. Can the moderates control these conspiracists who see all of Islam as jihadists? Maybe they will cook up an excuse to start a war.
George: Truth often is stranger than fiction.

Trump's credulous supporters
Washington Post
A responsible leader makes statements based on evidence. So do responsible academics. Offering unsubstantiated opinion is a characteristic of child behavior. Offering opinion based on unsubstantiated conspiracy theory is something uneducated teenagers might do. America, who is it you will have leading you? You actually listen to what he says? What does that say about your levels of education?

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